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Systematics of Kalimeris (Asteraceae: Astereae)

Hong-ya Gu and Peter C. Hoch
Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden
Vol. 84, No. 4 (1997), pp. 762-814
DOI: 10.2307/2992027
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2992027
Page Count: 53
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Abstract

The genus Kalimeris (Asteraceae: Astereae) comprises a monophyletic group, with the exclusion of section Cordifolium, characterized by laterally compressed achenes with short pappus bristles no longer than the length of the corolla tube. This genus of herbaceous perennials is native in East Asia and generally occurs in disturbed habitats. It has close relationships with Asian Aster and Heteropappus, as revealed by external as well as internal morphological comparisons and cytological studies. Its supposed relationship with the North American genus Boltonia is shown to be superficial. The species of Kalimeris are all closely related, and comprise a polyploid series ranging from diploid to 12-ploid with x = 9. Eight species and ten subspecies of Kalimeris are recognized in this treatment.

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